Photo credit: Dina Kwit, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
BATON ROUGE, La. – Emily Carosone, Natalie Hernandez and Sahvanna Jaquish were named to the 2017 All-NPF Team at the league’s annual awards banquet held on Wednesday night at Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. All three selections from the Bandits are first-time recipients of the honor, presented by Easton.
In her second season as a member of the Bandits, Carosone placed herself near the top of the league rankings in a multitude of offensive statistical categories, including hits (50), batting average (.379), on-base percentage (.475) and runs (30). The second baseman and former Auburn standout started in all 45 of her games played and served as a tone-setter near the top of the lineup throughout the regular season, helping lead the Bandits to the No. 4 seed in the NPF Championship Series.
Hernandez, a fourth-year third baseman from Illinois-Chicago, enjoyed a breakout season at the plate. Ranking third on the team in batting average (.324) and slugging percentage (.468), the Glendora, California native also showcased her clutch ability and maintained a .386 clip with two outs in an inning.
Jaquish, a first-year catcher from LSU, home of the 2017 NPF Championship Series, delivered a milestone rookie campaign which saw her bat .322 with three home runs and a team-leading 29 RBI. The four-time All-American and No. 3 selection in the 2017 NPF Draft also received votes for the league’s Rookie of the Year Award, an honor that eventually went to outfielder Bailey Landry of the Texas Charge.
The Bandits will begin their quest for a third straight Cowles Cup championship on Thursday night at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana when they face the top-seeded USSSA Pride. First pitch in the best-of-three series is set for 5 p.m. and the game will be broadcast a trio of platforms – NPF TV, MLB.com and The Olympic Channel.
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About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 13th season as a franchise, the Bandits have provided the Chicago area with high-level softball talent and entertainment en route to capturing six regular season titles and four Cowles Cup championships, the most recent coming during the 2016 campaign. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. The Ballpark at Rosemont is the only stadium in the country built exclusively for a women’s professional softball team. The Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch softball players to further their careers at the professional level and has included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Monica Abbott and Tammy Williams.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.